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Arsenal could get involved in £15m ‘tug of war’

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Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, reports Daily Mail journalist Kieran Gill.

The newspaper says that the Reds and the Gunners could be involved in a “tug of war” for the the England international. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Torino after being deemed to be surplus to requirements by manager Pep Guardiola in the summer.

There doesn’t seem to be a way back for Hart at the Etihad Stadium and it looks as though City will seek offers north of £15million for the keeper when his loan spell in Italy comes to an end in June.

It is unlikely Torino have the financial resources to compete for Hart with his wage demands being the major obstacle to any permanent move. The goalkeeper is also keen to return to England in order to stay in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the national team.

The Mail assert that as Petr Cech is 34, the Gunners may be looking for a younger replacement. But with Hart just five years Cech’s junior, it doesn’t seem to be an argument that holds much weight. The Gunners also have another keeper in Wojciech Szczesny on their books who will return to the club after a two year loan spell at Roma. The 26-year-old has recently stated he doesn’t know where his future will lie beyond the end of the season.

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